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Voice-activated gizmos ready for every household need

Connected products spreading fast, from vacuums to heated blankets

This Bosch washing machine connects to the Amazon Echo voice-activated speaker.

BERLIN Household appliances that integrate with voice-activated virtual home assistants were everywhere at Europe's largest consumer electronics expo this year.

At IFA 2017, these connected products ranged from smart TVs being sold under the Toshiba brand by Turkish company Vestel to heated blankets by Germany's Beurer. Many of these electronics can also be activated via smartphones.

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